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  • Ariane 5 launches BepiColombo to Mercury
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: BepiColombo Ariane 5 launchA Mercury-bound science mission from the European and Japanese space agencies began a seven-year journey to the Solar System’s smallest planet Oct. 19 aboard and Ariane 5
      PubDate: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 04:15:10 +000
  • Vector secures $70 million Series B round for small launch vehicle
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Vector-R launchVector, one of dozens of ventures developing small launch vehicles to serve perceived high demand for small satellite launches, announced Oct. 19 that it closed a $70 million Series B round to move into full
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 22:06:59 +000
  • ABS, Hispasat and Star One cry foul over C-band Alliance
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: ABS-3A satellite. Credit: Boeing artist's conceptThree regional satellite operators with C-band coverage over the United States have complained to U.S. telecom regulators about being left out of a group led by four of the world’s largest satellite operators to arrange a proposed spectrum transfer to the wireless
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:41:19 +000
  • House Armed Services Committee exploring several paths to a Space Force
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: U.S. Rep. Mac ThronberryThornberry's letter to DoD: "It is important for us to understand the benefits and challenges of a full range of options.”
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:20:52 +000
  • Airbus leveraging partnerships, investments to deliver greater ground
    • Authors: Debra Werner
      Abstract: Airbus' high-endurance Zephyr UAVs are designed to complement remote-sensing satellites by providing persistent coverage over a limited geographic area. Credit: AirbusFrançois Lombard, who took the helm at Airbus Intelligence in early 2017, is encouraging this type of innovation and partnerships like the ones formed recently with Earth observation constellation operator Planet and Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:45:34 +000
  • NASA issues call for payloads to go on commercial lunar landers
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Astrobotic PeregrineAs NASA evaluates proposals for commercially developed small lunar landers, the agency is now seeking payloads that could fly on those spacecraft despite concerns from some scientists that they don’t know if their experiments are compatible with those
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:50:39 +000
  • Final Iridium Next launch scheduled for Dec. 30 Falcon 9 mission
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Iridium-7 launch photo SpaceX Falcon 9The last mission needed to complete Iridium Communications’ second-generation satellite constellation is scheduled for Dec. 30, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:00:25 +000
  • Satellite operators offer communications for autonomous ships
    • Authors: Debra Werner
      Abstract: Rolls-Royce developed this concept for bridge operations of remote cargo vessels with Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre. Credit: Rolls-RoyceSMM Hamburg, the biennial international maritime conference in Germany Sept. 4-7, attracted not only shipbuilders but also satellite operators eager to offer global communications for autonomous
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:26:14 +000
  • ULA CEO Bruno: New competitors in military launch market ‘good for
           the country’
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: 44619341234_5bc95b9b5c_kBetween now and when the the Air Force starts buying launch services from new competitors, ULA and SpaceX will be competing “one mission at a time.”
      PubDate: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:44:31 +000
  • Does the satellite industry have antenna deficit disorder'
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Projects like LEOSat's planned constellation of 84 broadband satellites in low Earth orbit are driving investments in flat panel antenna technology. Credit: Thales Alenia SpaceTo connect the masses, megaconstellations will need mega antennas mega cheap. Antenna makers need mega orders to make that
      PubDate: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:23:01 +000
  • FIRST UP Satcom | Intelsat invests in AMN • Iridium gets $44 million
           DISA contract extension • NSR finds slow growth in satellite operator
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Iridium SNOCIntelsat invested in Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), a U.K.-headquartered group of companies with telecom infrastructure in Africa, to reach "ultra-rural" parts of the sub-Saharan side of the continent.
      PubDate: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:11:40 +000
  • The next battleground: What do we really know about what adversaries do in
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: As the Pentagon moves to stand up a U.S. Space Command and Congress debates whether it makes sense to create a Space Force, a central focus is to defend satellites from orbital weapons that would seek to damage or destroy U.S. assets in
      PubDate: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:37:44 +000
  • Rocket Lab selects Wallops for U.S. launch site
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: LC-2 groundbreakingSmall launch vehicle company Rocket Lab announced Oct. 17 that it will build its second launch pad, and first in the United States, at Wallops Island in
      PubDate: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:27:27 +000
  • Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, deploys Air Force satellite
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: av_aehf4_l3aThis was ULA’s eighth launch this year, the 131st since the company was formed in 2006, and will be its 50th launch for the U.S. Air
      PubDate: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:58:08 +000
  • Swedish firm buys Falcon Heavy launch
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Falcon Heavy climbs to orbit during its Feb. 6 debut. Credit: Craig Vander Galien for SpaceNewsA Swedish company with plans for a geostationary communications satellite announced Oct. 16 a contract with SpaceX for a Falcon Heavy launch no earlier than the fourth quarter of
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:57:26 +000
  • NASA astronaut still confident in Soyuz after launch abort
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Hague OvchininThe NASA astronaut who was on the aborted Soyuz mission to the International Space Station says he has “complete confidence” in the Russians despite this launch failure and other problems and looks forward to flying again on the
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:52:46 +000
  • Foust Forward | The moon bounces back
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Moon from space station Alexander GerstFor all the enthusiasm about lunar exploration, and announcements made during the conference, there were far fewer specific details about just how to achieve those goals.
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:37:17 +000
  • Antenna builder ThinKom makes push for constellation market
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: ThinKom antennasThinKom’s recent collaborations with satellite operators Telesat and SES have the antenna builder jockeying to compete with Viasat, IsoTropic Systems and others in the race to build affordable high-tech antennas that can link with satellite constellations in non-geosynchronous
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:26:57 +000
  • 45th Space Wing gears up for surge in launch activity
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: AEHF-4 Webcast Brig Gen Schiess45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Schiess: 'Gen. Raymond is pushing us to look at ways to be more responsive.'
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:40:09 +000
  • Stratolaunch founder Paul Allen dies
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Allen SS1Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who backed the winning entry in a suborbital spaceflight competition and later funded development of a massive air-launch system, passed away Oct.
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:06:02 +000
  • Space Force to be the topic of next National Space Council meeting
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: When President Trump announced plans for a Space Force, it triggered a legal debate on the justification for such a force. Credit: NASA/Bill IngallsThe status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct.
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:50:15 +000
  • Kepler Communications raises $16 million for telecom constellation
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Kepler Communications KIPPCanadian satellite startup Kepler Communications raised $16 million from investors, securing funding to build and launch its first-generation constellation of up to 15 satellites, the company announced
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:37:00 +000
  • On National Security | Red flags, literally, raised on the U.S.
           defense industrial base
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: A Chinese military communications satellite launches atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in November 2015. Credit: XinhuaThe White House just released a year-long study of the U.S. defense industrial base that was billed as the deepest dive in decades into the state of the nation’s defense
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:24:23 +000
  • Eric Béranger leaves OneWeb a month after demotion
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Eric BérangerEric Béranger, former chief executive of satellite constellation venture OneWeb, has left the company entirely, OneWeb confirmed Oct.
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:03:08 +000
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